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02/20/24 ARCHITECTURE FACULTY MINA CHOW IS RECIPIENT OF THE ARNOLD W. BRUNNER GRANT

 

Mina Chow FAIA, NCARB has won a 2024 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research from the Center for Architecture for her experimental new documentary, "Haunted by Helen Liu Fong."  Through this work, Chow excavates the significant contributions of a minority woman artist whose life achievements greatly impacted American design. 


The Arnold W. Brunner Grant is awarded to mid-career architects for advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that contributes to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. AIANY and the Center for Architecture’s joint Scholarship Committee assesses projects based on their engagement with contemporary local and global architectural issues and the utility of the research project’s end product.


“Haunted by Helen Liu Fong” parallels the lives of two Chinese-American female designers chasing their dreams forty years apart. Architect and filmmaker Mina Chow uncovers the neglected contributions of an artist whose life and career challenges traditional roles in Chinese and American culture. When Fong bucks the systems that constrain her, her consummate creativity helps shape American mid-century architecture including signature looks for Denny’s and Bob’s Big Boy. In 2000, LA Magazine’s “Almost Famous” cites Helen’s yearning for recognition, but she dies on April 17, 2005, unsung by her community.


Mina Chow, FAIA, NCARB, is an award-winning interdisciplinary filmmaker, licensed architect, Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Architecture, and a Faculty Fellow at USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy. Through her filmmaking, public scholarship, and interdisciplinary teaching, Chow communicates important underlying relationships between design and culture.

 

 
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